What were Stanley Tookie Williams characteristics?

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Tookie Williams was a complex man.  He was physically imposing.  He was a large African-American male with a beard and a scared body from fights with gangs.  He was a leader, but he decided to lead a gang during his early years.  His founding of the Crips gang created a great deal of trouble in his life.  He was eventually arrested for murder and executed for those murders in 2005.  Before his death, he had seemingly taken all the rage and anger inside and turned it toward doing good. “He saved the lives of uncountable youth who were either preparing to join a gang or got out of a gang.  He wrote nine highly acclaimed anti-violence, anti-gang and anti-drug books for elementary school students.  He wrote his autobiography,” Blue Rage, Black Redemption,” for high school students and imprisoned adults to inspire them and to demonstrate to them how they can rehabilitate themselves.  He also wrote the “Tookie Protocol for Peace: A Local Street Peace Initiative,” which provides step-by-step instructions for how a community can create peace – block by block.  He was also nominated five times for the Nobel Peace.  He was also nominated four times for the Nobel Prize for Literature and in 2005 before his execution he received from President George W. Bush a  Presidential Call to Service Award for his volunteer efforts to help youth.”